News Bits: Toshiba’s New 1.8-inch HDD Achieves 100GB, Windows Vista Available January 30, Undergrad Builds DIY PowerBook Wacom Tablet

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Toshibas New 1.8-inch HDD Achieves 100GB, Worlds Largest Storage Capacity

Toshiba Corporation has announced a new 1.8-inch drive that offers a storage capacity of 100 gigabytes, the largest capacity yet achieved in this class of HDD. The new drive, MK1011GAH, employs perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) technology and an improved error correction code to secure the highest areal density of any 1.8-inch HDD in the market, 240.8 megabits per square millimeter (155.3 gigabits per square inch). Toshiba will start mass production of this new best-in-class drive from January 2007.

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Windows Vista Available January 30, 2007

vistaWindows Vista will be broadly available on January 30. Windows Vista offers many innovative features and new benefits in security, productivity, entertainment and of course mobility. Many mobility features including Windows Tablet and Touch Technology are incorporated into many SKUs (Home Premium, Business, Enterprise and Ultimate). If you can’t wait to buy a mobile PC until January 30, then make sure you purchase one with the "Windows Vista Capable" logo. Microsoft is offering a mini-course on the Windows Vista operating system and discount offers on their web site.



Undergrad Builds DIY PowerBook Wacom Tablet

diy powerbookFlorian Maurer, a USC mechanical engineering undergraduate student, recently took apart his Wacom Graphire 6 x 8 inch Tablet and combined the internals with a PowerBook Titanium 800MHz machine. He said his inspiration came from another DIY Wacom Cintiq Tablet he saw featured on Engadget. Nearly two days later the result was a fully functional PowerBook Tablet, with a touch-sensitive section. From the looks of it, he also added in a feature so you can draw words such as "google" and then use a gesture stroke to load that particular page.















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